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Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Barley Wine
Copenhagen, Denmark
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RATINGS: 813   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
English: Big Bad’s big bro......
Barley Wine brewed with water, malt (pilsner and cara-munich), candy sugar, hops (nugget, cascade and centennial) and yeast.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (35959) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2007
Bottle. Clear medium amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, fruity, moderate to heavy hoppy, grapefruit, sugar, dark fruits / berry ala plum, alcohol. Flavor is moderate sweet and moderate to light heavy bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. I find it to young and simple now - I think it needs some years in the cellar to mature. (181107)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (32001) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2007
37.5 cL bottle, THANKS TO MYRUP despite the fact that the brewers twinbrother said we should wait sometime before rating it - Myrup insisted that we should go ahead ;-)

Pours amber/brown with a lasting slight off-white head. Quite fruity hoppy aroma with a solid maltbase beneath. Strong caramel maltiness with a strong hoppy note. Has a distinct sweetness to it. Ends warming and slight burning mix of cane sugar, strong hops flavour and alcohol. Although the alcohol is fairly well hidden for an abv of 12%. This brew has all the elements to become extremely wellbalanced and smooth in a couple of years time.

Once again: THANKS TO MYRUP.

Now off to Ølbutikken to grab all the bottles I can for my beercellar...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29846) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2007
[Another century celebrated with a Mikkeller beer - this time 9400] An amber beer with a fast disappearing off-white head. The aroma is sweet mlaty combined with notes of alcohol, fruit, and syrup. The flavor is sweet malty combined with notes of alcohol and caramel. The alcohol note is very powerful and leaves a burn in the throat. I find it a bit too simple now - I think it needs a year or two or three to mature. I drank it side by side with a two year old Big Bad BW, which was clearly superior.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2007
(Bottle 37,5 cl) Courtesy of Myrup. Clear, amber golden with a dense, off-white head leaving some lacework. Fat aroma of caramel and peaches. Very solid body, loads of caramel and fruity hops. The hops leave a very solid dose of bitterness in the finish where also the alcohol really shows. Good as it is but will probably improve for several years to come. Now we’re waiting for the "Worst" version... 051007

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (21505) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2007
Bottle. Cloudy orange brown coloured with an off white ehad. Sweet aroma of malts, caramel, hops and pine needles with notes of dried fruits and caramel. Flavour of dried fruits, caramel, hops and pine needles. Dry hoppy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20902) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 19, 2007
Bottled. Deep ambery ruby colour with small beige head. Aroma is dark dry fruits, caramel and really much both fruity and flowery hops. Some mild alcohol is also showing, but not in a disturbing way. Flavour is spices, fruits and quite a lot of hops. Sticky palate. Still wellbalanced, and hides the alcohol really well.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19950) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 17, 2008
Bottled at Bishop’s Arms Vasagatan, Stockholm. Deep hazy ruby, small head. Intense aroma of toffee, black currant and citrus. Very sweet with dense full body. salty and packed with flavour. Dextrose and candy sugar gives chemical sweetness. Bold and extrovert with massive amounts of everything, but more muscles than finesse. A bit rough around the edges.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 17, 2008
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty hoppy aroma. Sweetish malty hoppy caramel falvor with some hint sof grapefruit. Long warming dry malty caramel finish with a long hoppy bitter aftertaste. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2011
28th March 2008
Deep rich Barleywine. Porty barley notes, offset by good hoppyness. Dry and lighlty bitter finish. Nice straight barleywine.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (15249) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2013
2013-08-07, bottle, plastic cork, 7-3-8-4-17=39
bb 02/07/2012, bottled 4 years earlier, 5 years old

Cloudy brown color, no head just a few bubbles. The aroma is nice but mild, caramel, malt, light fudge, light rubber, light sweaty hops. Full bodied, lean, sweet without being cloying, caramel flavor with correct bitterness; there is not much hop character, therefore it starts being similar to a British Barley Wine (O’Hanlon’s Thomas Hardy’s Ale…); the final is a bit nutty.
Very good.

2013-03-23, bottle, plastic cork, 7-3-7-2-13=32
bb 18/03/2014, bottled 4 years earlier, 3 years old

The color is muddy brown, strange, with no carbonation, and basically no head, just some big bubbles. Aroma of malt, caramel, some dust, alcohol, light tobacco. The mouthfeel, without carbonation, is quite oily; some malt and caramel flavor, still semi-sweet but not as it used to be, with punching alcohol presence, and a dusty feeling; the bitterness is quite strong but not excessive.
Didn’t age with grace.

2009-05-11, draught at Plan B, Copenhagen, 9-5-9-5-18=46
Cloudy brown color. Still a very powerful yet balanced Barley Wine, round, mature, with a good share of fruity American hops, extremely sweet and bitter, can drink on and on…

2008-10-17, draught at Ølbaren, 9-5-10-5-18=47
Red mahogany color. Huge creamy head. Wonderful hoppy aroma, with delicate fruits, malty. Extremely sweet, syrupy, strong caramel flavor, powerful, with the necessary strong bitterness; getting nutty at the end. Very well hiding the alcohol. One of my favorites.

2008-09-30, bottle, 9-5-9-5-18=46
Beautiful hazy amber color, huge head, reducing to a short cap but persistent. Very nice malty aroma, perfumy, positively soapy, creamy, hoppy. Good body, full malt and caramel flavor, not sticky but very sweet, and perfectly complemented by the good hopping; almost fruity. Where were we? Better than I remembered. It has been bottled 3 months ago, so the improvement is not due to the maturation. Excellent.

2008-02-14, corked bottle, plastic cork, 37.5 cl, bottled 2007-08-14, 7-4-7-4-14=36
Pours a chestnut color, with a medium creamy head. Even the plastic cork smells of noble hops; the aroma highlights immediately malt, caramel, some vanilla. It has a good caramel flavor, that is sweeter in the front and darker at the end; powerful hopping, but difficult to distinguish Cascade or Centennial); at the end it’s well bitter, mainly with burnt sugar and hops, not much malt or sweetness left. Many elements (reduced sweetness, medium body strength, fiery warming perception) make me believe that this beer should have stopped earlier its fermentation. A good beer, but I enjoyed more the Big Bad.


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